Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC)

The four-day Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC), accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), focuses on the fundamental concepts, strategies and tools needed to be successful in today's complex economic environment. Topics include a basic overview of strategic planning, finance, workforce development, business retention and expansion, small business development and entrepreneurship, marketing and attraction, ethics and community development, among others.

Participants in TBEDC will:

  • Learn about best practices in economic and community development
  • Explore new methods and programs to promote job growth and investment
  • Discuss emerging trends and factors that shape local and regional economies
  • Develop a valuable network of fellow economic development professionals and resources
  • Learn from top economic development experts from across the state and the country

Who should attend?

The Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC) is designed for community leaders and stakeholders who participate in the process of community and economic development at local, regional, state and federal levels. Typical conference attendees include chamber of commerce and economic and community development organization professionals, elected and appointed officials, government agency staff, community planners, utility personnel, bankers, business leaders, real estate brokers and developers, and community volunteers.

Date and Location:

May 9 – 12, 2022
Embassy Suites at Vanderbilt | Nashville  (Room block link with special rate below)

Course Times:

Onsite Check-in:  9:00 AM

Day 1:  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Day 2:  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Day 3:  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Day 4:  8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Course Agenda:

Registration $745  |  Early Registration $695 (by: April 15, 2022)

Registration is limited to 40 participants and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The registration fee covers: Course materials, IEDC Introduction to Economic Development Manual, Lunch (days 1-4), Breakfast (days 2-4), one evening reception and one offsite session.  Registration does not cover hotel and other travel expenses.  

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Please remit payment for the course no later than 10 days prior to the course start date.  If payment is not received, you risk having your registration cancelled to make room for those on the waitlist.


*TBEDC is currently full. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please contact Carol Jones at carol.Jones@tennessee.edu  

If you need assistance accessing your account, please contact Carol Jones, at 615-253-6371 or carol.Jones@tennessee.edu.

You may also register by submitting a Course Registration Form by email. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Course registration may be cancelled 7 days or more prior to the course for a full refund or credit.  Cancellations made less than 7 days will receive credit only for a future course.  

Hotel Accommodations:  

Embassy Suites at Vanderbilt | Nashville   -  Book by 4/15/2022 to receive the special rate of $214.00.  (We recommend reserving early as the hotel block may fill up quickly.)

This link and rate code is only available for class attendees. If this link and special rate is used by someone outside of the class, the reservation will be cancelled and a fee will be applied to the credit card used to book the reservation. 


A limited number of scholarships are available to TBEDC participants from Tennessee:

Philip Trauernicht Memorial Scholarship for Rural Leaders:

This scholarship is in memory of Philip Trauernicht, a long-time public servant to economic development, whose commitment to rural communities has made a lasting impact on Tennessee.

This annual scholarship provides full tuition to attend annual Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course and up to four nights’ lodging during the course.  Applications must be received by January 17, 2022 to be considered for this scholarship.  Learn more about Philip and the Scholarship details / application HERE.

TBEDC General Scholarship:

The TBEDC General Scholarship covers TBEDC tuition and does not include hotel, travel or meals. Applications must be received by March 30, 2022 to be considered for a scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be required to pay a non-refundable processing fee of $150 upon receiving the award. Scholarships cover $545 of the $695 course tuition cost. The required processing fee will not be refundable should the participant withdraw from the course less than 7 days prior to the course start date. Find the TBEDC General Scholarship application HERE

Accreditation and Professional Development:

The Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and counts toward the CEcD certification for professional economic developers. Upon satisfactory completion of TBEDC, participants will receive a course certificate and will qualify for admission to other IEDC courses for advanced training.

CEU credits are available through the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service.

TBEDC Testimonials


See our past TBEDC Graduates:

TBEDC Class of 2021 
TBEDC Class of 2020
TBEDC Class of 2019
TBEDC Class of 2018
TBEDC Class of 2017
TBEDC Class of 2016
TBEDC Class of 2015
TBEDC Class of 2014
TBEDC Class of 2013
TBEDC Class of 2012
TBEDC Class of 2011
TBEDC Class of 2010
TBEDC Class of 2009
TBEDC Class of 2008
TBEDC Class of 2007

Attendance Policy:

Course Attendance Policy: Participants are required to be present at all classes offered in order to receive credit for the course. No excuses for absence shall be accepted except those of illness, family emergency or business emergency. If illness, immediate family emergency or business emergency forces a student to be absent for more than 10% of the course, it must be repeated for credit to be granted. Travel inconvenience is not considered an emergency.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations one week or less prior to the first date of class.  

Dress Code:

The attire for TBEDC is business casual.

Questions or More Information:

Contact Kim K. Denton, CEcD, TCED Director (865) 974-8464 or email at kim.denton@tennessee.edu

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